The first real family film of the summer, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (rated PG), opens today, and we were lucky enough to talk to the star of this fun sequel, Ben Stiller. Here's what the actor/director/father of two had to say about the live-action movie:
Why should parents take their kids to see Night at the Museum 2?
"The first one had such a crazy ensemble cast of characters that when the idea for the second came up—to go to the Smithsonian—I felt we could do some new things and make it even funnier. And I can say we did that."
To read the full interview, check out the June issue of Parents, on newsstands now.
When I scored an interview with Tina Fey recently, I had to fight the temptation to *squee* like a silly fangirl. After all, she was the first female head writer of SNL and is the star/creator/writer/producer of my favorite sitcom, 30 Rock, which makes her pretty, uh, AWESOME in my book. She may be one of the busiest celebs in show biz right now, but she's also one of the nicest. She proved that by taking time out of her impossible schedule to let me ask her a bunch of just-play-it-cool-Kourtney questions about her guest-starring role in Sesame Street: Elmo and the Bookaneers (out on DVD now). Here's a snippet:
Have you watched your episode of Sesame Street with [your 3-year-old daughter] Alice yet? "I showed it to her when it first came out on TV. She didn’t really seem to notice or care that it was me. She was younger and used to seeing anyone in our family on our own TV. I don’t think she could necessarily distinguished between us playing back our own home videos on the TV set or an actual TV show."
Well, we were very impressed with your pirate-captaining skills…. "Thank you! [Laughs] It’s pretty shrill. Let’s not lie to ourselves!"
Check out the full interview with Tina Fey in the April issue of Parents, on newsstands now.
Stephen Colbert as the President of the U.S.? Yes, please! Even if the funny faux pundit wasn’t in Monsters vs. Aliens (rated PG–see the 3D edition if you can), we’d still love the action-packed animated feature, thanks in large part (No pun intended!) to Reese Witherspoon’s role as a 50-foot-ish woman. We recently had the great pleasure to chat with the Oscar-winning mother of two. Here’s a little snippet from the Q&A:
Your character, Ginormica, is literally ginormous, and all her pals have special abilities. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
“Gosh, I don’t know! I’d probably want to fly. You’d save so much money on air travel. You’d save SO much money!”
Check out the full interview in the April issue of Parents.
This Week’s Trailer Goody:
Speaking of monsters, the new trailer for Where the Wild Things Are just went viral. The Interwebs are buzzing about the fall release of Spike Jonze’s live-action version of the classic children’s book. Watch it now and let us know what you think: Too cool? Or too creepy for your kids?
Let's take a moment to give the hilarious Amy Poehler her due. Some time in between pulling off the best 9-months-preggers rap ever (Sorry, M.I.A.), having a new baby, and just being awesome with Tina Fey, she managed to bring her comedic genius to the kiddies. In case you've missed it, she voices the lead in a new animated show on Nickelodeon. But the good news is you can catch up on the fun with the DVD, The Mighty B!: We Got the Bee. I dare you not to laugh at her impression of an overzealous, girl-scout-type 10-year-old.
Baby boom? There were more U.S. births in 2007 than there have been in any year since 1957, according to federal data.USA Today Scary trend: Children leaning against window screens and falling out.The Seattle Times Turn off the TV! Having it on in the background affects toddlers’ concentration, according to new research.ABC News Children move less the older they get, says a new study.The New York Times
More and more research is pointing to lifelong problems for preemies and the percentage of premature births is going up: a Q&A with Dr. Cathy Spong, chief of the pregnancy and perinatology branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Newsweek
Kung Fu Panda (rated PG) karate chops its way into theaters today to be the first animated movie of the summer. The fun flick has something for everyone: slapstick for the kids and a little bit of over-their-head humor for the adults. Plus, who doesn’t love cute, cuddly pandas? I somehow managed to score an interview with the film’s hilarious star and my comedy crush (don’t worry…I played it cool) Jack Black. Check out an exclusive, never-before-seen portion of the Q&A: If you wrote a song about fatherhood for your band, Tenacious D, what would the title be?
[Long pause] “My Baby Bo-Bo is the Best Baby in the World.” I like to slave over a title for months and months. But you’ve forced my hand. So, “My Baby Bo-Bo…” is all you get!
For the full interview with the actor and father of soon-to-be two, pick up the June issue of Parents or click here.
Parents food stylist Karen Tack just released a “faaabulous” how-to book called Hello, Cupcake! Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make. GoodyBloggers GoodyVloggers Taryn, Amanda K., and I crashed the recent launch party with a camera to check out the book, chat with her about the art of dessert, and learn how to make some of the cutest cupcakes ever–well, everyone’s except mine…thanks again, guys.
Anyone who follows this blog knows that my 6-year-old niece has already infected me with a bad case of High School Musical fever. Yes, I am certain that I am the only person over the age of 11 who describes "You Are the Music In Me" to friends as "haunting." (It’d be funny if it weren’t true.)
As it turns out, my sweet, little Niecey Botwin was, in true drug pusher form, just starting me out on the soft stuff to get me hooked and comin’ back for more: This past Thanksgiving weekend at home has left me with a full blown Hannah Montana habit. (Oh, how did I not see THAT coming?)
"Best of Both Worlds"? Brilliant. My favorite, "Nobody’s Perfect"? A timeless masterpiece that I can’t get out of my head: "Nobody’s perfect. I gotta work it, again and again, til I get it right." I mean, it’s spooky. It’s like she knows me!
Time to fess up, all you achy breaky parents and former fans of Miley Cyrus’s dad, Billy Ray. Mullets unite!! Admit you’re a big ol’ Momtana … and that you would’ve killed to have been on Oprah last week when the big O surprised everyone with a Miley/Hannah appearance)!